WELCOME TO THE THIRD
This newsletter is created by the SPR Committee to Promote Student Interests and is sent to current and recent student members.
sure what to do in the next stage of your career?
Want to know what to look forward to during the upcoming SPR
conference? Curious about how to
bridge clinical science and psychophysiology?
In this issue, read about:
I. Upcoming SPR Conference
Mark your calendars! This year, SPR will be held in Chicago, IL, USA from October 29 - November 2, 2003 at the Hyatt Regency, Chicago. If you are looking for a roommate or if you have advice to share with others, the new message board on the SPR Student website can help.
Cat Norris has volunteered to be the
student contact person for the 2003 SPR conference in Chicago. Cat attends the
University of Chicago and is a member of the SPR Committee to Promote Student
Interests. For the scoop on Chicago, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
II. Student Poster Awards and Tursky Awards
extra cash in less than 500 words by applying
for a student poster award! In an effort to promote career development,
Student Poster Awards will be awarded to up to 15 student members at the
upcoming SPR conference. A $300-$500 cash prize will accompany each award.
Among these winners, up to three of the best posters will be given Tursky
Awards, a highly honored award named after long-time SPR member Bernard Tursky.
The Tursky Award comes with a plaque, and the cash prize is increased. So
here's a way to make money doing what you were planning to do anyway, AND
potentially win a decorative wall ornament! In the words of Past President and
Tursky Award Committee Chair
"Go for it!!" She
also states, "Our goal is to have all
eligible students apply for this award.
Click on the link below for eligibility, submission instructions and sample posters from past award winners.
Good luck to everyone who will be submitting a poster! Abstracts submission deadline is May 1, 2003. Instructions for posters will soon be available on the SPR Website.
III. Events of Special Interest to Students
Several events taking place at the October 2003 SPR conference are specially geared toward students and recent graduates. Descriptions of these events are listed below. Also refer to the conference program and inserts for specific details (these materials will become available closer to October).
Open Dinner Meeting with the
October 30, 2003
Promote your interests! Come talk to the committee about how SPR is addressing or can better address student interests. Remember that this is an open dinner - all student members of SPR are welcome and encouraged to attend. Do you have questions or concerns about your role as a student member of SPR? Have a great idea for how to improve communication among students? Want to know what we've been up to over the past year? Attend the dinner meeting and make your voice heard!
October 30, 2003
Meet your peers! Join
us for the SPR Student Social on Thursday, October 30, 2003. It's bound to
be a good time. Last year, about 35 student members showed up at Polly
Esther's to dance, drink, and socialize- courtesy of SPR! This social
gives you a chance to find out about other students' research, make new
friends, and see some of Chicago's best nightlife! Keep your eyes open for
additional information on this year's student social.
Clinical Psychophysiology Student Gathering
Time and Location Pending
Calling all clinical
The Committee to Promote Student
Interests has recently created a subcommittee of students interested in issues
specific to Clinical Psychophysiology (see below, this issue!). This
subcommittee hopes to host a lunch or dinner event where all students
interested in this topic can attend and talk research! We'll keep you posted
on the date and location of this event.
Early Careers Conversation Hour
Time and Location Pending
Been there, done that? If not, learn
from someone who has! Last year's Early Careers Special Interest Lunch, hosted
by John Allen, was reported to be such a huge success, we decided to continue
the tradition! At the upcoming meeting in Chicago, the new Postdoctoral
"Student" Committee (described in the next section, below) will be hosting
a special interest conversation hour on early career issues for interested students,
postdocs, and others. So watch
for more details in future updates of this newsletter.
If anyone has questions, concerns, or ideas for this new subcommittee,
please feel free to contact us (click the "Send Suggestions" link on the
left), or bring your thoughts to dinner!
Other Special Interest Lunches and Dinners
Partake of Chicago cuisine and your research interests! Throughout the SPR conference, faculty host "special interest" lunches and dinners, which focus on a wide variety of research topics and other topics relevant to students and faculty. Last year, special interest meals were held on topics such as early career issues for graduate students and postdocs, teaching psychophysiology, the merging of neuroimaging and cardiovascular psychophysiology, startle issues and methodology, schizophrenia, and the psychophysiology of antisocial and psychopathic behavior. These lunches are a great way for students to meet both professors and peers alike to discuss similar research interests. Registration for the special interest meals varies, so make sure to keep an eye out for this information - some will be advertised over email, some will be announced on the web site, and information for others will be posted on the message board at the conference. (So you can avoid that awkward question, typically these are no-host meals, which means BYO$. All the more reason to apply for a Poster Award!)
Postdoctoral "Student" Subcommittee
new subcommittee has been developed to address the interests of those SPR
members who are currently in a postdoctoral position, as well as students
interested in early career/postdoctoral issues. One of the committee's
first initiatives has been to address the questions and concerns students have
expressed about the early career process. For those interested in a
research career in psychophysiology, a postdoctoral position is frequently the
next step after graduate school.
on the first link below to read some of the most frequently asked questions
concerning the early career process, along with some general advice gathered
from various SPR members. The second link provides a list of helpful
questions and tips for the postdoctoral interview process.
(Many thanks to those who contributed!)
The Postdoctoral Committee will be hosting a special conversation hour on early career issues for interested students, postdocs, and others (see "Events of Special Interest to Students" section above).
V. Being on the Job Market: Featured Interview with Jim Coan
SPR Student Newsletter's regular feature, "Interview with an SPR
member," with this issue's focus on Early Career Issues, we bring you an
exclusive interview with Jim Coan, who shared his experiences about being on
the academic job market. The interview was conducted by Sarah Sass and covers
issues of special interest to up and coming psychophysiologists. Thanks to Jim
and Sarah for such a candid and compelling interview!
VI. Special Interest Section: Clinical Psychophysiology
Calling all clinical psychophysiologists! Are you a budding psychophysiologist in a clinical psychology program, or working with clinical populations?
If you are (or would like to be), you'll be happy to know about the new Clinical Psychophysiology subcommittee, the brainchild of SPR student member Greg Hajcak. The goal of this committee is to bring together clinical psychophysiologists and to:
· Discuss research methodology and relevant literature
· Talk about the challenges of simultaneously mastering psychophysiological methods and enriching clinical knowledge (and the challenge of employing psychophysiological methods with some clinical populations!)
· Facilitate networking and perhaps collaborations!
Keep your eyes peeled for a special interest luncheon at our next meeting- in Chicago! (See above section, "Events of Special Interest to Students.") In the meantime, if you have ideas for how this subcommittee could best benefit clinical psychophysiologists like yourself, we encourage you to email your thoughts to the Committee to Promote Student Interests (click the "Send Suggestions" link on the left).
VII. International Exchange
Interested in International Exchange? Thanks to the efforts of Stephan Moratti from the University of Konstanz, Germany, we are proud to continue featuring the International Exchange Opportunities section of the SPR student web page. The aim of this section is to identify laboratories and graduate students who may be interested in participating in an international exchange. The principle of such an exchange is that interested graduate students would simply swap his/her work place with that of a student from another country. Thus, with the cooperation of the participating laboratories and graduate institutions, students can be financed by their graduate program during the exchange.
We encourage psychophysiological labs supporting such an idea to go to the link below and enter their profile! Once a list of laboratory profiles is established, graduate students can search for labs that match their geographical and research interests, and international exchange can be facilitated.
Please enter your laboratory profile by visiting:
This is one more step toward improving international exchange and collaboration. The planning of other international sections (e.g., postings of international workshops; including this link on the main SPR web page) is underway, so stay tuned!
International Specialty Interview with Dr. Brigitte
In case you
missed the opportunity to read the interview with Dr. Brigitte Rockstroh upon
its initial posting in the newsletter, here's your second chance! Thanks to
Stephan Moratti for conducting the interview, which covers issues of interest
to new and old(er) members alike.
IX. Members of the Committee to Promote Student Interests
Are your needs being met? Please feel free to contact members of the committee below with suggestions, questions, comments, or to bond with a fellow psychophysiologist:
John JB Allen, University of Arizona
This subcommittee maintains and develops the SPR student website. They integrate content from other subcommittees, as well as develop new content as appropriate.
Andrea Chambers (Chair), University of Arizona
Eddie Harmon-Jones (nonstudent), University of Wisconsin
James A Coan, University of Arizona
This subcommittee updates and prepares the semi-annual newsletter. The newsletter highlights items of special interest to students, and is timed to go out to members in electronic form in April, and again in August. These deadlines are timed with respect to two major SPR events that the newsletter can highlight for students May 1 is the deadline for submitting an abstract, and the fall SPR meeting is in most often October, with student poster competition deadlines about one month prior to the meeting. The newsletter will highlight activities of other committees (e.g. Interview), as well as develop content as the committee sees fit.
Nicole A Roberts (Chair), University of California-Berkeley
Jennifer L. Stewart, University of Illinois
Rebecca J. Houston (postdoctoral student), University of Connecticut
Terrance Williams, University of California-Los Angeles
Marja Germans Gard, University of California-Berkeley
Sarah Sass, University of Illinois
This subcommittee will interview two SPR members per year. Stephan Moratti conducted a very nice interview with Brigitte Rockstroh, our first interviewee. We have a list of questions that was developed with the assistance of many members, and one that can form the core of any interview, with additional questions to be added as appropriate. At our recent meeting in DC, committee members suggested that it would be good to interview a post-doctoral fellow or new faculty member, and also to specifically inquire about the job market and interview/hiring experience. The interviews ideally should be completed in time to highlight in each newsletter.
Sarah Sass (Chair), University of Illinois
Stephan Moratti, University of Konstanz
James A Coan, University of Arizona
Greg Hajcak, University of Delaware
Catherine J. Norris, University of Chicago
International Students Subcommittee
International students comprise a substantial proportion of the student membership, but also appear to be less likely to remain members after graduation. There are likely a variety of factors responsible, but the International Students Subcommittee can examine ways in which SPR can better address the needs of international students. Stephan Moratti developed an international exchange web page that allows interested labs to host students from other laboratories. Worth considering is that the 2005 meeting is in Lisbon Portugal. As that meeting draws near, one of the things the subcommittee can do is to make sure that student needs and interests are anticipated for this European meeting. The last European meeting in Granada Spain was very popular and appeared to attract many European students.
Stephan Moratti (Chair), University of Konstanz
Ake Elden (nonstudent), Louis Pasteur University Strasbourg
Greg Hajcak, University of Delaware
Post-doctoral "Student" Subcommittee
Postdoctoral students have specific needs that overlap with those of student members. Recent efforts of our committee led to a reduced fee structure for recent graduates, but surely there are other issues that our committee might address.
Jonathan Wynn (Co-Chair; postdoctoral student), University of Southern California
Rebecca J. Houston (Co-Chair; postdoctoral student), University of Connecticut
Nicole A Roberts, University of California-Berkeley
Meeting events Subcommittee
Each year we attempt to find a local student host for the annual meeting. This local host finds info on cheap eats, cheap excursions, and cheap transportation to the hotel. The student host also assists in finding a place for the SPR sponsored student social, and does whatever else seems appropriate to make the conference fun, informative, and affordable for students.
Catherine J. Norris (Chair), University of Chicago
Sarah Sass, University of Illinois
Program Committee Representative
Each year one of our student members sits on the program committee to ensure that the student voice is represented. This position also allows the student member to get an inside glimpse of the meeting planning, involves reviewing abstracts, and begets the immense gratitude of the membership.
Colleen Brenner, Indiana University
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